I have been looking forward to this blogfest started over at: http://shalleemcarthur.blogspot.com/
We all have a different personalized processes we go through when writing. What's your process?
To look at the LARGE picture, I could feel overwhelmed and just never even start, but luckily for me, I chose to start with an easy to read book on the craft of writing.
So, for my first ms, I did simple sketches of both the plot and the characters. For the actual writing, I went by the seat of my pants. Some of it worked, some of it didn't.
Before writing my second ms, I wrote the query letter first. This was a great tip I picked up from someone's blog along the writerly path. After struggling so much with the query letter for my first ms, I realized the significance of the process. If you can't write a query - - it could be because something is wrong with your plot, or your characters.
I highly recommend this thought process. Before starting your next ms, I challenge you to write the query letter first.
What life altering event happens to her?
What decision does she make?
What will happen if she makes the wrong decision?
Then what happens?
Simplified version of course, but I've already used this process for four other book ideas that are brewing in my head.
Where do you start in the writing process? Do you outline every chapter? Do you write by the seat of your pants? Have you ever written your query letter FIRST? Share!